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Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel 4 [Aka: Mask, Aka: Security] CD (album) cover


Peter Gabriel


Crossover Prog

3.95 | 625 ratings

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2 stars Another Fabulous line up of musical talent and superb lyrics.

Side One Rhythm of the Heat is an intense beautifully crafted piece. My favourite. San Jacinto keeps the intensity but introduces a native american theme. I have the Touch drags for me. The Family and the Fishing Net is another interesting track: a more mystical ethnic feel/

Side Two For me Shock the Monkey is a banal early 80s pop number. I always fast forward through this track now. Lay Your Hands on Me is an interesting track. Atmospheric, unusual rhythm (gorgeous percussion) and vocal, and a supreme confidence in leaving space and silence. Wallflower is for me just too drab. It's slow (painfully and annoyingly slow like the laggard on a hiking trip). So the song is also political. I'm not against political content in songs and there is little doubt that the lyrics of this song are excellent. A fabulous protest poem. I would just like the music to be good as well. If this song was a dog I would have referred it to a vet for an opinion on whether it should be put down. Maybe the the Kiss of Life could resurrect the poor beast. Or maybe not.

I do not warm to this album at all. I often read the lyrics without the music. the musicianship is excellent but this album remains one of the least played in my collection.

obiter | 2/5 |


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